I should’ve went with my gut! Ever said that before? Sure you have; we all have felt at one time or another that sense of “something” telling us what to do. But, is it your gut or the Holy Spirit?
My Gut Or The Holy Spirit?
Well, for those of us who call ourselves a believer in Christ that “gut” feeling is the Holy Spirit.
We are told in scripture that when we accept Jesus Christ, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Jesus told the disciples in John 14 that when He leaves our Heavenly Father was going to send us: a comforter, a teacher, an advocate, someone who would bring things to our remembrance and His name is The Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is at work in us, He is helping us to: understand the Word of God, bearing witness with our spirit, speaking to us, reminding us what God’s Word says and is our helper in time of need.
When you feel that unction in the pit of your stomach, it’s not your gut. That’s the Holy Spirit speaking to you.
The Holy Spirit
Often times, we get caught up in the word Holy Spirit, as if it’s this religious term. However, the Holy Spirit is a person living on the inside of you, as your personal helper in life!
Ephesians 4:30 tells us NOT to grieve the Holy Spirit.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).” ~ Ephesians 4:30 (AMPC)
By definition, the word grieve means to make someone feel bad, or sorrowful. You can’t make a water bottle feel bad; or make a piece of paper feel bad. No. You can only make a person feel bad.
We grieve the Holy Spirit by behaving in a manner that is opposition to God’s Word, or when He nudges us to do something, and we do the opposite.
There was a time when I was in the real estate business, I was remodeling a house and had already made my rounds, yet I had that feeling to go back. I said to myself; I was just there. However, I have also experienced this feeling before and knew the Holy Spirit was nudging me.
So I went back. There was a backdoor left open from a sub-contractor. Simply put, that was the Holy Spirit nudging me to go back and secure the home.
In The End
The Bible doesn’t say that Christians won’t have trials and tribulations. However, the Bible tells us to count it all joy when we fall into trials and tribulations. And if we live a life directed by the Spirit, even in the trials, we will find great strength as the Spirit guides our steps.
The next time you feel that nudging in your stomach when you’re faced with a situation, don’t dismiss it as a little feeling- “gut” feeling. Purpose to follow that unction you feel from the Holy Spirit, and see where the Spirit leads you!
Your post is so timely for me! I have had the Holy Spirit in front of me for days now! Whether it is in an article, in a song, in a sermon or podcast…He just keeps coming back up. God is speaking to me and working in my heart right now and He has used you as a part of His plan. Thank you for your obedience and for sharing your heart!
Hi Summer! Thank you for reading! I love when The Holy Spirit confirms what we hear from the Lord. ~ Blessings